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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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PANETTA SEES SALES TAX DEBATE

White House budget director Leon Panetta said Feb. 23 that a national sales tax would be a controversial subject of debate over the next few years. Mr. Panetta, interviewed on "CBS This Morning," also said that discussion of any new so-called "sin taxes" on alcohol and tobacco might take place in the context of health care reform. The director of the Office of Management and Budget said states generally oppose a federal sales tax and noted that levy included regressive elements. During a visit to Ohio Feb. 19, President Clinton said America may one day have to implement a national sales tax to put its economy on a par with foreign competitors. But he said later that the discussion was theoretical now and that such a tax is "not something we are considering." War crimes tribunal

The United Nations Security Council has decided to establish a war crimes tribunal to prosecute those responsible for atrocities in the former Yugoslavia the first court of its kind since the end of World War II. In a unanimous resolution Feb. 22, the council also asked Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali to draw up detailed proposals within 60 days on how the court should function. The Council then has to endorse his report before the tribunal is set up. Baker replaces Cooke

New York Times columnist and author Russell Baker will be the successor to longtime host Alistair Cooke on the Public Broadcasting Service series "Masterpiece Theater." The choice of the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer ended an international search to replace one of the most recognizable voices in television. The program, which began airing in January 1971, is the longest-running weekly prime-time television drama series. Mr. Baker will continue to write his "Observer" column for the Times. Israel offers `nudge'

Israel gave a boost Feb. 23 to the Mideast mission of US Secretary of State Warren Christopher by indicating it was ready to speed up its review of Palestinian deportation cases. …

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